Reports: Afghan Taliban Captured Districts, Police Headquarters In Various Provinces

June 17, 2021

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During the first two weeks of June 2021, one of the official websites of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Afghan Taliban organization) published regular reports from its own sources claiming that the Taliban have taken over several districts of various Afghan provinces.

There are reports of regular clashes between the jihadis and the Afghan security forces occurring in different provinces of Afghanistan. However, there are no significant reports in the mainstream Afghan media corroborating Taliban claims that they have taken control of several districts. This might be because in such cases, Afghan security forces move in quickly and dislodge the Taliban fighters from district headquarters that are briefly under Taliban control.

Following is information from reports on a Taliban website:

The Islamic Emirate said on June 15 that Taliban fighters had "completely captured" Gosfandi district and the police headquarters in Sar-e-Pul province and seized a sizable amount of spoils.[1] The district fell in the evening of June 14, on which day Sangcharak district, in the same province, also fell to the mujahideen.

Also on that day, the Taliban organization said it had seized Khas Uruzgan district and its police headquarters. "All the puppet personnel of the district and post fled to a mercenary camp in the area where the enemy is still under siege by the mujahideen," it said.[2]

The Islamic Emirate reported the same day that the "mujahideen carried out assault on a hireling checkpost in Sakhtoman area of Woba district last night [of June 14, in Herat province], during which the said district police chief along with a gunman was arrested while 80 units of heavy and light arms confiscated by mujahideen."[3]

Sayad district reportedly fell to the Taliban on June 13, 2021

On June 14, the Islamic Emirate said that the Sayad district center of Sar-e-Pul province fell to Taliban fighters late on June 13, 2021. The group stated that it had taken over the police headquarters, the intelligence department, and all bases and posts.[4]

The Taliban said on June 14 that their fighters had taken control of Chora district center and police headquarters in Uruzgan province. It also noted that the Taliban had captured 12 government officials.[5]

On June 13, the group said that it had seized the Saghar district headquarters. It noted that policemen and pro-government militiamen (Arbakis) "escaped from Saghar district center, police headquarters, NDS [National Directorate of Security, i.e., Afghan intelligence] headquarters and all the posts of the said district this morning bringing the district completely under the control of mujahideen."[6]

The Islamic Emirate said on June 12 that its fighters had taken control of the district center of Tolak district in Ghor province. It also said that Tolak district police chief Yousifi and several army commanders had joined the mujahideen. "With their joining, the district center, police headquarters and all facilities came under the control of mujahideen," it noted.[7]

On June 12, the Islamic Emirate said that its fighters took "complete control" of the Sozma Qala district headquarters in Sar-e-Pul province at 3 pm on June 11. It said: "More than 60 enemy personnel with all their weapons and ammunitions laid [down their] arms before mujahideen."[8]

Tolak district headquarters falls to the Taliban on June 12, 2021

The Taliban organization said on June 11 that its fighters had captured Pato district center in Daikundi province, including the intelligence and police headquarters, around noon on June 10.[9]

On June 10, the Islamic Emirate said that the district of Chah Ab and all its security checkpoints were taken over by the mujahideen in Takhar province.[10]

The Taliban said on June 10 it had taken over the administrative building of Jaghato district as well as the district's police headquarters and intelligence agency, and security checkpoints in Ghazni province.[11] "With the takeover of the district, the Islamic Emirate's sphere of influence has widened even more and the road to Bamyan province came under mujahideen control," it added.[12]

A Taliban fighter at Shahrak district office on June 7.

On June 9, the Islamic Emirate said that it had taken control of Jawand district in Badghis province in the afternoon of June 8, bringing the district administration center, police headquarters, and all other installations under the control of mujahideen.[13]

The Taliban organization said on June 7 that its fighters had taken over the Shahrak district administration center, police headquarters, and intelligence base in Ghor province, and that 11 security personnel had surrendered to the mujahideen.[14]


[1] (Afghanistan), June 15, 2021.

[2] (Afghanistan), June 15, 2021.

[3] (Afghanistan), June 15, 2021.

[4] (Afghanistan), June 14, 2021.

[5] (Afghanistan), June 14, 2021.

[6] (Afghanistan), June 13, 2021.

[7] (Afghanistan), June 12, 2021.

[8] (Afghanistan), June 12, 2021.

[9] (Afghanistan), June 11, 2021.

[10] (Afghanistan), June 10, 2021.

[11] (Afghanistan), June 10, 2021.

[12] (Afghanistan), June 10, 2021.

[13] (Afghanistan), June 9, 2021.

[14] (Afghanistan), June 7, 2021.

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